Environmental Sustainability in Transport Engineering


Pengfei LIU


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The Course "Environmental Sustainability in Transport Engineering" is relevant for the following study courses:

  • M.Sc. Civil Engineering,
  • M.Sc. Automotive Engineering,
  • And other study courses which are allowed

The course "Environmental Sustainability in Transport Engineering" is held in the winter semester.

Time scale:

  • Lecture: 3 SWS (Semester Credit Hours)
  • Exercise: 3 SWS (Semester Credit Hours)

Content of the lecture:

  • Pollutants: Gases, Particles
  • Pollutant Sources: Motor Vehicles Emissions, Train Emissions, Shipping Emissions, Aircraft Emissions
  • Measurement and Data Analysis: Concentration Measurement of Gases, Concentration Measurement of Particles, Analysis of an Air-quality Data Set
  • Deposition: Dry Deposition Wet Deposition
  • Mitigation and Effects of Air Pollution: The Role of Vegetation, Effects on Humans and Animals, Effects on Plants, Soil and Groundwater, Effects on Materials
  • Control of Emission: EU legislation, UK legislation, US legislation, Legislation in Asian Regions
  • Noise: Introduction to Acoustics, The nature of environmental noise
  • Noise Sources: Motor Vehicles Emissions, Train Emissions, Aircraft Emissions
  • Measurement, Prediction, Propagation and Control of Noise (Considering German, British and American Guides): Noise Measurement; Prediction, Propagation and Control of Road Traffic Noise; Prediction, Propagation and Control of Railway Noise; Prediction, Propagation and Control of Airport Noise
  • Effects of Noise on Humans and Animals
  • Environmental assessment: Pollutant Assessment, Noise Assessment

Analysis methods required for the assessment of environmental impacts of traffic and transport systems will be covered in this course. The first part of this course covers technical skills required for preparation of environmental impact statements for transport projects and includes topics such as estimation of air-pollution, emission levels, passive and active propagation of pollutants in the atmosphere and other impacts of transport systems as well as planning concepts in development of ecologically sustainable transport systems. The second part focuses on understanding traffic noise generation as well as noise prediction methods. In this part different noise generation models for road and railway traffic as well as aircrafts will be introduced. Students will be made familiar with different methods used to determine noise exposure levels. Modern computational tools will be used in the course to prepare noise and contaminant pollution maps for urban areas considering the topology of the area under investigation as well as weather patterns and other relevant influencing factors.

The information booklet on "Environmental Sustainability in Transport Engineering" is available for download on LP or can be viewed in the display case at the institute.